Natasha Marrian Financial Mail deputy editor & columnist

Unravelling state capture and corruption is not simply about removing certain individuals from key posts, but about overhauling the structure of the state, which former president Jacob Zuma and his allies carefully crafted to suit their capture project. The pending reconfiguring of the state should also not be driven solely by untangling the state capture and corruption knot, as important as it is to do that, but by ensuring that the state is effective and efficient enough to deliver on its mandate. Or simply to deliver, which it has scarcely been able to do in recent years. Marikana, five-month long wage strikes, police brutality, cash-in-transit heists — in which the governing ANC has itself become entangled in the past week — the collapse of public healthcare and poor education outcomes are all attributable in one way or another to a state infrastructure that is adrift. "Statecraft" will be the focus of intense engagement between the ANC and its allies, the South African Communis...

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